Plenty of new books to get excited about this year ...... Alan J. Parks, Mick Herron, Peter Farris, Dietrich Kalteis, Scott Blackburn and Gary Phillips for starters.
|Mick Herron - Bad Actors (2022)|
Bad Actors will be the 7th or 8th Slough House novel. I've fallen behind with the series and really ought to catch-up. I've been putting off reading them in a kind of tantric sex-delayed gratification thing. Which actually makes no sense. Good books are written to be read, no?
Mick Herron, “the le Carré of the future” (BBC), expands his world of bad spies with an even shadier cast of characters: the politicians, lobbyists, and misinformation agents pulling the levers of government policy.
“Confirms Mick Herron as the best spy novelist now working.”
—NPR's Fresh Air
Soon to be an Apple TV+ series starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas.
In London's MI5 headquarters a scandal is brewing that could disgrace the entire intelligence community. The Downing Street superforecaster—a specialist who advises the Prime Minister's office on how policy is likely to be received by the electorate—has disappeared without a trace. Claude Whelan, who was once head of MI5, has been tasked with tracking her down.
But the trail leads him straight back to Regent's Park itself, with First Desk Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Taverner overplayed her hand at last? Meanwhile, her Russian counterpart, Moscow intelligence's First Desk, has cheekily showed up in London and shaken off his escort. Are the two unfortunate events connected?
Over at Slough House, where Jackson Lamb presides over some of MI5's most embittered demoted agents, the slow horses are doing what they do best, and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation . . .
There are bad actors everywhere, and they usually get their comeuppance before the credits roll. But politics is a dirty business, and in a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing are the norm, sometimes the good guys can find themselves outgunned.
|Mick Herron - Bad Actors (2022) - US cover I think|
|Dietrich Kalteis - Nobody From Somewhere (2022)|
|Gary Phillips - One-Shot Harry (2022)|
LA, 60s setting, Gary Phillips - 3 ticks in the box!
|Peter Farris - The Devil Himself (2022)|
|Scott Blackburn - It Dies With You (2022)|
A debut novel that dropped on my radar via Twitter. Looks like my cup of tea. Roll on June!
Scott Blackburn’s searing literary debut explores the dangerous world of secrets threatening to upend a rural Southern town, perfect for fans of David Joy and Brian Panowich.
For nearly a decade, twenty-nine-year-old Hudson Miller has made his living in the boxing ring, but a post-fight brawl threatens to derail his career. Desperate for money, Hudson takes a gig as a bouncer at a dive bar. That’s when life delivers him another hook to the jaw: his estranged father, Leland, has been murdered in what appears to be a robbery-gone-bad at his salvage yard, Miller’s Pull-a-Part.
Soon after his father’s funeral, Hudson learns he’s inherited the salvage yard, and he returns to his Bible-belt hometown of Flint Creek, North Carolina, to run the business. But the business is far more than junk cars and scrap metal. It was the site of an illegal gun-running ring. And the secrets don’t end there; a grisly discovery is made at the yard that thrusts Hudson into the fight of his life.
Reeling for answers, Hudson joins forces with his father’s former employee, 71-year-old, beer-guzzling Vietnam vet Charlie Shoaf, and a feisty teenage girl, Lucy Reyes, who’s fiercely seeking justice for her own family tragedy. With a murderer on the loose and no answers from the local cops, the trio of outcasts launch an investigation. The shocking truth they uncover will shake Flint Creek to its very core.
|Alan Parks - May God Forgive (2022)|
One of the best series currently running. Glasgow, 70s, cops and crims ... what's not to like?